On Saturdays 3rd and 10th November we had our gazebo in the Town Centre
and our marvellous collectors out in force. On 10th we also had a 1940’s American Willys Jeep alongside, kindly brought along by its owner
Roger Stone from Over Norton. We also had the loan of some replica First World War uniforms, which some of us wore whilst collecting in a scenario that was a cross between Blackadder and Benny Hill with a touch of Dad’s Army thrown in. Still it certainly gained us a lot of attention!

We also had the help of the Army and Air Cadets who did themselves, their units and the Legion proud and our thanks go out to them.

We were also joined by our MP Robert Courts and as Armistice Day fell on Remembrance Sunday we also held a service of Remembrance at the War Memorial followed by one in Over Norton. The total collected on the two Saturdays for the Poppy Appeal was a magnificent £2,557.25.

On Remembrance Sunday early morning rain gave way to a chilly but bright and sunny day. The parade gets bigger every year and we set out in good order, despite having to wait for our Parade Marshal and Standard Bearer to emerge from the pub! The church as ever was packed. In a very moving service I read the letters sent from Officers and a chaplain to the wife of Bombardier Arthur Withers after he was wounded in action and then sadly died in a Casualty Clearing Station. Arianne Bennett again reprised her rendition of the song “No Man’s Land” which was incredibly beautiful.